The History of Radiology

By Adrian Thomas, Honorary Librarian, The British Institute of Radiology

Medical radiology has now existed for over a century. It all started in 1895 when Wilhelm Röntgen discovered x-rays. On 28 December 1895 his manuscript “On a New Kind of Ray” was submitted to the Würzburg Physical Medical Institute. The essential features of x-rays were described and the new discovery aroused tremendous interest. Because the apparatus was readily available in most physics departments his results could easily be repeated. The apparatus gradually improved and hospitals started to acquire the equipment.

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